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A Texas doctor with a disturbing history of domestic violence and animal cruelty has been arrested after contaminated IV bags caused the death of another doctor and serious complications in at least one patient.
Raynaldo Rivera Ortiz, Jr., 59, was arrested Wednesday in Plano, Texas by the Dallas Police Department, spokeswoman Kristin Lowman told Fox News Digital.
Lowman said the department is assisting the U.S. attorney’s office with the investigation, but declined to provide further details.
This isn’t the Corvette-loving doctor’s first encounter with the criminal justice system. He was convicted of shooting a neighbor’s dog with a pellet gun in 2015 and charged with assaulting at least two women.
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The Texas Medical Board revoked Ortiz’s license to practice on Sept. 9, hours after federal authorities shared information with the agency about their ongoing criminal investigation, records show.
The anesthesiologist was reportedly captured on surveillance footage sliding IV bags through a warmer in the lobby outside the operating rooms at Baylor Scott & White Surgicare in North Dallas, according to a suspension order issued by the board.
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“When he dropped an IV bag into the water heater, shortly thereafter, a patient would suffer a serious complication,” the report said.
Ortiz’s colleague, beloved anesthesiologist Melanie Kaspar, took home a contaminated IV bag on June 21 to rehydrate due to illness.
“She inserted the IV into her vein and almost immediately had a severe cardiac event and died,” the order reads.
Kaspar was fatally poisoned with bupivacaine – a numbing agent used to relieve pain during surgery, according to an autopsy.
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The drug is intended for injection into the spinal cord and is known to cause “severe cardio- and neurotoxicity” and death when injected into veins, according to the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada.
Tests were performed on the remaining IV bags in the warmer. They had “tiny visible holes in the plastic wrapper” and contained bupivacaine.
According to the medical board, fluids left in a used IV bag that had been given to a healthy patient during routine surgery who had suffered a serious cardiac event contained similar drugs.
“The Respondent’s continued practice of medicine poses an ongoing threat to the public welfare,” the emergency stay order reads.
Ortiz, who has been practicing for 26 years, was taken into administrative custody in August for a November 2020 incident.
A patient needed CPR after Ortiz administered anesthesia, leading the facility, North Garland Surgery Center, to revoke its clinical privileges, according to board records.
In December 2014, Ortiz and his then-girlfriend, the mother of his child, got into an argument in front of their neighbor, Roxanne Bogdan, and he was arrested for alleged assault.
The ex got a protective order against Ortiz and Bogdan testified on his behalf. He blamed the neighbor for their split, prosecutors say.
About four months later, in April 2015, Bogdan heard a “very loud sports car” pull into Ortiz’s driveway, followed by gunfire and his dog barking.
“She ran into her yard and saw her dog’s chest covered in blood,” according to court documents. The dog survived.
Ortiz has at least three Corvettes, whose engines have a distinct sound, records show. Ortiz was found guilty at trial and sentenced to 25 days in jail and two years of community supervision.
A medical file says he has a “history of violence against women” – including an arrest in 1999 for allegedly assaulting a spouse. In 2005, another girlfriend obtained a protective order against him.
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A spokesperson for Baylor Scott & White Surgicare in North Dallas did not immediately return a request for comment, but told other outlets they had suspended operations at the medical facility and were assisting authorities. in the investigation.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas did not immediately return a request for comment.